7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with[a] water; but he will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
John the Baptizer’s message to the throngs who flocked to him for baptism should be our message to all whom we encounter as we seek to do God’s will and work in the world around us. “One stronger than I is coming…I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8) By our words and actions, we bless many people, but the greatest blessing we can bestow is to point others toward Jesus and help them connect to Him.
In the Message, John says, “His baptism…will change you from the inside out.” Our efforts bring much needed help and relief to others, but only Jesus can give strength for the living of each day and meeting all the challenges we face. Only Jesus can bestow unspeakable joy and the peace that passes understanding.
(c)2018 Diane Clay
Small group leader FUMC McKinney